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  • Wine tasting is Saturday

    Anyone age 21 or over is invited to attend the 16th annual Springfield BPW Wine Tasting this Saturday.

    According to Virginia “Ginny” White-Schatzke, vice president of the Springfield Business and Professional Women’s Club, “the event will be held on May 19 from 6-9 p.m. at the historic Louisville Store Building located at 101 West Main Street in downtown Springfield and outside under a very large tent covering most of Cross Main Street.”

    The wine tasting will go on rain or shine.

  • Getting a green thumb

    Nick Schrager

    editor@thespringfieldsun.com

    For the last three years, students have been getting out of the classroom and into the workforce.

    The greenhouse at Washington County High School is teaching students multiple lessons, from how to cultivate plants to customer service.

  • Willisburg to host Memorial Day celebration

    Memorial Day weekend will kick off with a full day of festivities in Willisburg on Saturday, May 26.

    A parade through the town’s streets will begin at 10 a.m., and will feature a real smorgasbord of participants.

    “We’ve got horses. We’ve got the Boy Scouts. We’ve got fire trucks and EMS,” said Willisburg Mayor Wanda Thompson. “We’ve got old cars, trucks and tractors; possibly motorcycles [and sidecars] too…Dr. John Isaacs in Springfield is trying to get us an Army vehicle as well.”

  • Herald reflects on Citizen of the Year award

    This year’s Citizen of the Year Award went to someone who’s dedicated the last five years to Central Kentucky Community Theatre, Craig Herald.

  • Hunt retires from 4-H after more than 34 years

    Washington County 4-H agent Roberta Hunt is calling it a career.

    Hunt retired from her position after more than 34 years. She started her career in September 1983. Prior to that, she worked as an agent for three years in Hickman County, near the Mississippi River.

    Washington County was a prime spot for the Montgomery County native.

    “It was an hour from Louisville, and hour from Lexington,” she said. “It was only an hour-and-a-half away from home.”

  • Willisburg bank robbed Friday

    A bank robbery occurred in Willisburg Friday, and police are still searching for the suspect.

    The Willisburg branch of Springfield State Bank was robbed just before 6 p.m. Friday evening.

    According to a press release from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the department responded to the call at approximately 5:50 p.m.

  • Tourism tax used to benefit community

    Three percent.

    That’s what anyone in Springfield pays on top of their bill at restaurants, hotels and Air BnB homes.

    But where does that 3 percent go?

    It goes into tourism.

    According to Springfield Tourism Director Stephanie McMillin and tourism board chair Channing Nally, the tax, which was implemented in 2008, brings in approximately $140,000-$240,000 annually.

    The tourism board oversees the funds, and like any other entity, McMillin said they are audited every year.

  • WCPL hires new director

    Washington County has a new library director, and he’s bringing years of experience with him.

    Shaun Whiteaker, 46, started his new job last week, and said he’s looking forward to building upon the success of Washington County Public Library. Whiteaker, and his wife, Holly, have two children, Elijah and Jonah.

  • 'Ghost Out' brings realism to consequences of impared driving

    It sometimes takes more than statistics and charts to make people truly understand. For administrators at Washington County High School, communicating the dangers of impaired and distracted driving to their students required making an extra effort. The ‘Ghost Out’ program was developed by the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety to help students “experience the seriousness and finality…and understand the dreadful consequences resulting from impaired driving.”

  • Campbell living a life in show business

    Nick Schrager

    editor@thespringfieldsun.com

    Charlotte Campbell, a 2011 graduate of Washington County High School, has been living a dream – one that has taken her to New York City and beyond.

    Charlotte, the daughter of Philip and Erika Campbell, has made a living in show business, and is currently in Colorado co-costuming “Ragtime” and playing Evelyn Nesbit in the show, a showgirl and pop culture figure in 1906.